An appointment to see a doctor could land you on a waiting list lasting several weeks - or, in some cases, months.
Many people who are finding themselves on waiting lists to see a physician, dentist or mental health professional are learning first hand about Health Professional Shortage Areas, otherwise known as a HPSA designation.
"I definitely don't think we have enough doctors," said Ann Abdella, executive director for the Chautauqua County Health Network. "We have what are called health professional shortage area designations by the federal government for behavioral health, dental health, and we are actually working right now on surveying the physicians for primary care. Currently, we have what is called a HPSA designation for primary care. It's only gone from bad to, I think, worse in the last three years."
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